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Protest, Reform and Repression in Khrushchev's Soviet Union

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  • Author: Robert Hornsby, University of Leeds and University of Kent, Canterbury
  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107521247

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  • Protest, Reform and Repression in Khrushchev's Soviet Union explores the nature of political protest in the USSR during the decade following the death of Stalin. Using sources drawn from the archives of the Soviet Procurator's office, the Communist Party, the Komsomol and elsewhere, Hornsby examines the emergence of underground groups, mass riots and public attacks on authority as well as the ways in which the Soviet regime under Khrushchev viewed and responded to these challenges, including deeper KGB penetration of society and the use of labour camps and psychiatric repression. He sheds important new light on the progress and implications of de-Stalinization, the relationship between citizens and authority and the emergence of an increasingly materialistic social order inside the USSR. This is a fascinating study which significantly revises our understanding of the nature of Soviet power following the abandonment of mass terror.

    • Challenges Cold War era assumptions about dissent and government reaction to it in the USSR
    • Sheds new light on responses to increased political protest, including deeper KGB penetration of society and the use of labour camps and psychiatric repression
    • Draws on a wide range of declassified archival material, making a significant contribution to the growing literature on the later years of the USSR
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Hornsby argues that dissent during the Khrushchev period was more varied and widespread than customary depictions indicate … using archival sources, he contends convincingly that the Soviet leader's primary goal was to maintain political stability without using terror, not to establish greater political freedom."
    K. D. Slepyan, Choice

    "Hornsby's book is a very well researched, richly detailed and elegantly written synthesis of dissent and popular protest under Khrushchev."
    H-Soz-u-Kult

    "Hornsby’s book makes several contributions to the field … it strengthens the scholarship on Khrushchev-era society …"
    Aaron Hale-Dorrell, Canadian Slavonic Papers

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107521247
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I:
    1. An end to silence
    2. Putting out fires
    3. After the Hungarian rising
    4. Turning back the tide: the clampdown on dissent
    Part II:
    5. The anti-Soviet underground
    6. Taking to the streets
    7. Less repression, more policing
    8. The application of force
    9. A precursor to the Soviet human rights movement
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Robert Hornsby, University of Leeds and University of Kent, Canterbury
    Robert Hornsby is Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham. He is also a Teaching Fellow in Russian History at the University of Leeds and, from May 2013, a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the School of History at the University of Kent.

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